Schumann: Piano Works Vol. 3

Schumann: Piano Works Vol. 3
Composer Robert Schumann
Artist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93772
EAN code 5028421937724
Release September 2008

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This exciting German pianist continues his well-received traversal of the epitome of German Romantic music with a generously filled 2CD recital of some of Schumann’s most testing and poetic works. The Symphonic Studies fulfil their title in exploring advanced composition, bravura piano technique, unspecified scene painting and ‘character’ depiction, making a thrilling journey from ‘pathétique’ to ‘symphonic’ towards the unstoppable momentum of the extended finale.

The ABEGG Variations, by contrast, show a fleeting, evanescent poetry that is nonetheless entirely characteristic of their author and makes them one of the more impressive Op.1 compositions in the history of music. They were not, of course, Schumann’s first work, but the first he would allow to be published: he wrote to his mother that ‘’I shall shortly be the father of a fine healthy child, at whose christening I should like to assist […] It will make its appearance at Messrs Probst’s [of Leipzig], and heaven grant that you may understand it, with its first tones of youth and vivid
life.’Youth and vivid life: these are the hallmarks of many works on this thrilling collection.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Carnaval, Op. 9: I. Préambule: Quasi maestoso
  2. Carnaval, Op. 9: II. Pierrot: Moderato
  3. Carnaval, Op. 9: III. Arlequin: Vivo
  4. Carnaval, Op. 9: IV. Valse noble: Un poco maestoso
  5. Carnaval, Op. 9: V. Eusebius: Adagio
  6. Carnaval, Op. 9: VI. Florestan: Passionato
  7. Carnaval, Op. 9: VII. Coquette: Vivo
  8. Carnaval, Op. 9: VIII. Réplique: L’istesso tempo
  9. Carnaval, Op. 9: IX. Sphinxes
  10. Carnaval, Op. 9: X. Papillons: Prestissimo
  11. Carnaval, Op. 9: XI. A.S.C.H.–S.C.H.A., Lettres dansantes: Presto
  12. Carnaval, Op. 9: XII. Chiarina: Passionato
  13. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIII. Chopin: Agitato
  14. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIV. Estrella: Con affetto
  15. Carnaval, Op. 9: XV. Reconnaissance: Animato
  16. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVI. Pantalon et Colombine: Presto
  17. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVII. Valse allemande: Molto vivace
  18. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVIII. Paganini, Presto
  19. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIX. Aveu, Passionato
  20. Carnaval, Op. 9: XX. Promenade: Commodo
  21. Carnaval, Op. 9: XXI. Pause: Precipitandosi
  22. Carnaval, Op. 9: XXII. Marche des ‘Davidsbündler’ contre les Philistins: Non allegro
  23. Nachtstücke, Op. 23: I. Mehr langsam, oft zurückhaltend (Trauerzug)
  24. Nachtstücke, Op. 23: II. Markiert und lebhaft (Kuriose Gesellschaft)
  25. Nachtstücke, Op. 23: III. Mit großer Lebhaftigkeit (Nächtliches Gelage)
  26. Nachtstücke, Op. 23: IV. Ad libitum – Einfach (Rundgesang mit Solostimmen)
  27. Toccata, Op. 7
  28. Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 32: I. Scherzo: Sehr markiert
  29. Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 32: II. Gigue: Sehr schnell
  30. Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 32: III. Romanze: Sehr rasch und mit Bravour
  31. Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 32: IV. Fughette: Leise
  32. Presto passionato (original finale of Sonata No. 2)

Disk 2

  1. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Thema
  2. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Variation 1
  3. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Variation 2
  4. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Variation 3
  5. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Cantabile
  6. ABEGG Variations, Op. 1: Finale alla Fantasia
  7. Intermezzi, Op. 4: I. Allegro quasi maestoso
  8. Intermezzi, Op. 4: II. Presto a capriccioso
  9. Intermezzi, Op. 4: III. Allegro
  10. Intermezzi, Op. 4: IV. Allegretto semplice
  11. Intermezzi, Op. 4: V. Allegro moderato
  12. Intermezzi, Op. 4: VI. Allegro
  13. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Thema: Andante
  14. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde I: Un poco più vivo
  15. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Anhang Variation 1
  16. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde II: Espressivo
  17. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde III: Vivace
  18. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde IV
  19. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde V: Scherzando
  20. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Anhang Variation 4
  21. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde VI: Agitato
  22. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde VII: Allegro molto
  23. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Anhang Variation 2
  24. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Anhang Variation 5
  25. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde VIII: Sempre marcatissimo
  26. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde IX: Presto possibile
  27. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Anhang Variation 3
  28. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde X: Con energia sempre
  29. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde XI: Con espressione
  30. Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 (including 5 posthumous variations): Etüde XII: Finale, allegro brillante